Sunday Reflections: Worrying Too Much

It’s been a while since I did a Sunday post.  Mostly because there has always been a lot of things on my mind (and plate), I’m going to try and write down my thoughts each week. This Sunday reflection, I’ve been reading the book of Matthew.  I think I’m going to be on this book for a while, because it gives me a lot to think about.  Lately, though, I have been worried.  Not just lightly worried, but really worried.  It seems these days I’m worried about a lot of things. Now, I know that God will provide, and nothing is too big for Him.  Sometimes, I end up getting caught up in the day to day, that I worry more than I should.  How much of my years is added by me worrying?    Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? Mt. 6:27   Simple answer to that is no.  We cannot add one year to our life worrying about the the things that we think is to come.  The truth is, they may not even come true.  What makes worrying so destructive, is that sometimes it can take over your life. You end up spending so much time worrying about the future that you forget to live in the present.  You almost become consumed with your thoughts, and everything else is neglected. A healthy amount of worry is a necessary part of life, but when our worry consumes us, then we can see the ravaging affects that worry has on our health. What I have realized over the years, because I am...

Where Is Your Heart?

The Sisters and Brothers that I have met in my life, have this joy and peace around them that you wish you can just put in a bottle. They may not have everything they want but they have everything they need. That is what makes them happy. They found what their heart is searching for (God) and their heart is resting on Him.

What Does Mercy Look Like?

Have you ever wondered why the theme we hear about lately is inclusive? Safe place? No hate zone? I’ve been seeing this for a while now, as I’m sure you have too. What we see now is a system that is now working to make things safe for a few, but leave the majority vulnerable.

Does Organ Donation Conflict With Your Beliefs?

Planned parenthood and their grisly involvement of selling body parts has raised up an important discussion about organ donation. Should we be an organ donor? No doubt many of us do not want to think about a loved one who has been seriously injured and have to face that decision. Some of us have easily consented by signing the back of our driver’s license.  But do we know what organ donation truly is before we jump on the bandwagon?   The Church’s position The Church sees organ donation as a love of neighbor act. To share what we have with one another is honestly a noble thing to do, however there are a few cases where this noble act is considered not noble and should be avoided. The donation of an organ that hinders the door or to function correctly–less than before.  For example, we need two eyes to function, and by donating one eye we would not function correctly as wer were intended.  Donation cannot cause death to the donor. We need our heart in order to live.  While it may be noble to give someone our heart, doing so would indeed cause our own death. Which brings me to the second point. What is brain death?  If the person’s heart is still beating, then their body is still causing blood to circulate blood to the rest of its body. This is the best time doctors say to donate organs as the person has already died but this is not really the case.  Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to...

Our Ignorance Convicts Us

So many stories have circled around the web this week,  It’s impossible to talk about them all, but these stories truly should get our attention.  One question that I kept asking was can we justify these actions by staying ignorant.  How much rope do we give “ignorance” before it hangs us?  We are called to always seek the truth, we always want to know to truth before we make an informed decision.  How much of that can we make while we refuse to open our eyes? Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. (Ephesians 4:18)     1.  Planned Parenthood Exposed.  The biggest and ongoing news has been about Planned Parenthood and what really goes on in these clinics.  There has been an outcry on both sides of the fence–one side says that it violates the woman’s rights, the other says that it needed to be exposed.  Personally, I’m happy that it is all coming out in the open.  There are so many examples that I can think about throughout history that doesn’t justify being in the dark.  I’ll just share one: After WWII was over there was the  liberation of concentration camps.  Across Germany, civilians were told to view what was actually going on in these camps.  I would suspect that many had an idea what it looked liked–but their imagination could never really come to grip with the reality of it.  Town after town, people were brought in to help bury the remains of those who died at the camps. In...

Focusing on The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

These days, we are very concerned about the homeless, the poor, and the hungry and thirsty–as we should be. Many of us are caught up in the Corporal Works of Mercy—but how often do we remember that the soul needs healing and mercy too? What are the Spiritual Works of Mercy? And, what can you do to carry out these Works of Mercy? Focusing on the 7 Spiritual Works of #Mercy. Click To Tweet 1) Admonish the sinner Correcting someone who we see is in danger of committing (or who have committed) a grave offense against God. We are to do this out of charity to our neighbor and never in a way that is demeaning or would cause them to turn away from the Church.  We we correct someone, we should always remember the dignity of the person, and correct them in private (Matthew 18:5). Given a sufficiently grave condition of spiritual distress calling for succour in this way, this commandment may exact fulfilment under pain of mortal sin. This is reckoned to be so only when the delinquency to be corrected or prevented is a grievous one; there is no good reason to believe that the sinner will adequately provide for himself; there is a well-founded expectation that the admonition will be heeded; there is no one else just as well fitted for this work of Christian charity and likely to undertake it; there is no special trouble or disadvantage accruing to the reformer as a result of his zeal.     (source) Living This Out Today: Know someone who is about to do something that is against what God taught us?  Simply telling them what could happen if they continue their actions.  Always reminding them that to steer...